Monthly Archives: October 2014

John Quincy Adams: A Personal History of an Independent Man — Marie B. Hecht

John Quincy Adams is an impressive figure and something of an enigma. He doesn’t come across as all that likeable, but many significant figures of the day flocked to him and he seems an excellent conversationalist. He was also a … Continue reading

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And the winner is…

Richard Flanagan. Not who I expected or who I was rooting for but an excellent choice nonetheless.

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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour — Joshua Ferris

The countdown to the start of the Booker announcement on the BBC reliably informs me that I have just an hour and a half to write this review so, having finished the final book on this year’s shortlist in the … Continue reading

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The Lives of Others — Neel Mukherjee

The Lives of Others is a book filled with stark contrasts and subtle differences centred around an upper-middle class household in Kolkata during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The novel begins in a rural community in West Bengal and … Continue reading

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves — Karen Joy Fowler

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is the first American novel I have read for this blog and its inclusion is rather exciting. Before embarking on my goal of reading all Booker shortlisted works, I had felt the Booker to … Continue reading

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North — Richard Flanagan

First off, I have an apology to make. I actually finished reading The Narrow Road to the Deep North a week ago last Saturday, then rattled through We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves on the Sunday. However, in my haste … Continue reading

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